- Dec 10, 2019
The clergy sexual abuse crisis continued to command a large amount of attention and action from the U.S. bishops throughout 2019.
Despite many moments of what she called “spiritual darkness,” Maria today is strong in her faith. She told Crux that she saw it as a “gift from the crucified Christ” revealed to her “in innumerable spiritual experiences that the pain of flagellation is the same pain he felt each time I was abused.”
One of Pope Francis’s closest allies in fighting clergy sex abuse praised the American Church for going “a step further” than the Vatican’s new global guidelines for bishop accountability by requiring a third-party reporting system which is set to take effect next year.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago spoke at a sex abuse conference in Mexico City, saying that cleaning up the crisis begins at a level of “solidarity with the victims, embracing our connection with them, at the deep level of our common vulnerability.”
Bangladesh’s bishops’ conference has decided to have each diocese appoint a designated priest to handle sex abuse accusations, and not establish a central office at the bishops’ conference for child protection.